Undergraduate Honors Theses

Title

A Swerve from Freedom: An Analysis of Epicurean παρ’ ήμας and its Impact on Free Will

Thesis Defended

Spring 2019

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Dominic Bailey

Second Advisor

Garrett Bredeson

Third Advisor

Robert Tubbs

Abstract

An analysis of the impacts of the Greek tradition and Atomist Theories on the development of Epicurean Philosophy seems to contradict the modern view that Epicurus was the first Moral Libertarian. The introduction of the atomic swerve was meant to develop a freedom of an individual's constitution, subject to environment stimuli. However, at the moment of deliberation, an individual is necessitated to act in accordance to their constitution, and thus, a notion of free will can be further questioned.

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